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Remember, Don't Overlook Clothes Dryer Vents
Lemont Fire Protection District encourages residents to pay particular attention to lint build-up in clothes dryer vents and in the exhaust ducts. "Oftentimes, lint build-up blocks the flow of air, causing excessive heat which can result in fires", says During 1998, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that clothes dryers were associated with 15,600 fires, resulting in 20 deaths and 370 injuries.
To help prevent fires from occurring:
- Clean the lint screen/filter before or after drying each load of clothes. If clothing is still damp at the end of a typical drying cycle or drying requires longer times than normal, this may be a sign that the lint screen or the exhaust duct is blocked.
- Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct periodically. Check the outside dryer vent while the dryer is operating to make sure exhaust air is escaping. If it is not, the vent or the exhaust duct may be blocked. To remove a blockage in the exhaust path, it may be necessary to disconnect the exhaust duct from the dryer. Remember to reconnect the ducting to the dryer and outside vent before using the dryer again.
- Clean behind the dryer, where lint can build up. Have a qualified service person clean the interior of the dryer chassis periodically to minimize the amount of lint accumulation. Keep the area around the dryer clean and free of clutter.
- Replace plastic or foil, accordion-type ducting material with rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct. Most manufacturers specify the use of a rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct, which provides maximum airflow. The flexible plastic or foil type duct can more easily trap lint and is more susceptible to kinks or crushing, which can greatly reduce the airflow.
- Take special care when drying clothes that have been soiled with volatile chemicals such as gasoline, cooking oils, cleaning agents, or finishing oils and stains. If possible, wash the clothing more than once to minimize the amount of volatile chemicals on the clothes and, preferably, hang the clothes to dry. If using a dryer, use the lowest heat setting and a drying cycle that has a cool-down period at the end of the cycle. To prevent clothes from igniting after drying, do not leave the dried clothes in the dryer or piled in a laundry basket.
Storm/Natural Disaster Safety Tips
Natural disasters can have a devastating effect on you and your home. Use the following safety tips to help protect yourself, your family and your home from the potential threat of fire during or after a summer storm. You can greatly reduce your chances of becoming a fire casualty by being able to identify potential hazards and following the outlined safety tips.
Some Types of Fire-Related Hazards Present During and After a Summer Storm
- Lightning associated with thunderstorms generates a variety of fire hazards. The power of lightning's electrical charge and intense heat can electrocute on contact, splitting trees and causing fires.
- Pools of water and even appliances can be electrically charged.
- Appliances that have been exposed to water can short and become a fire hazard.
- Generators are often used during power outages. Generators that are not properly used and maintained can be very hazardous.
The Lemont Fire Protection District provides Life Safety services to you and your family
- Fire Suppression
- Advanced Life Support Emergency Medical Services
- Specialized Technical Rescue Teams - Dive, Aerial, Confined Space, Trench
- Cause and Origin & Arson Investigation Team
- Fire Prevention Bureau - Fire Inspection & Public Education
- Hazardous Materials Services
The Lemont Fire District protects an area of approximately 40 square miles and serves the Village of Lemont along with portions of Woodridge, Darien, Bolingbrook, & Homer Glen.
Lemont Fire District Firefighter 2012 Eligibility List
Link to 2012 FireFighter Eligibility List
Effective - August 27, 2012
Request A Tour
To request a tour of the Fire Station, contact Joyce at (630) 257-0191 or you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Get A Smoke Detector
If you are a resident of the Lemont Fire Protection District we may able to supply you with a battery operated smoke detector or replacement battery at no cost.
This program has been made available thanks to funding provided by FEMA working together with the Lemont Fire District Board of Trustees.
Contact us at 630-257-0191 or email us at email@example.com for information.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2003-2006, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms... Learn more